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Between Two Worlds (1944)

Approved | | Mystery, Drama, Fantasy | 20 May 1944 (USA)
Passengers on an ocean liner can't recall how they got on board or where they are going yet, oddly enough, it soon becomes apparent that they all have something in common.

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Edward A. Blatt

Writers:

Daniel Fuchs (screenplay), Sutton Vane (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Garfield ... Tom Prior
Paul Henreid ... Henry Bergner
Sydney Greenstreet ... Reverend Tim Thompson
Eleanor Parker ... Ann Bergner
Edmund Gwenn ... Scrubby
George Tobias ... Pete Musick
George Coulouris ... Mr. Lingley
Faye Emerson ... Miss Maxine Russell
Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Midget
Dennis King ... Reverend William Duke
Isobel Elsom ... Genevieve Cliveden-Banks
Gilbert Emery ... Benjamin Cliveden-Banks
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Storyline

Several people are killed in a London air raid. They each awake aboard a strange ship which will deliver each of them either to heaven or hell. Their lives and stories are revealed as they individually begin to realize where they are. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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"I Know Where I'm Headed, Brother...And So Do You...We're headed for Glory...or Plenty of Trouble!" See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Outward Bound See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The £500 Lingly pays Henry to be his bodyguard would equal $2,018 at the time or about $28,400 in 2017. See more »

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Miss Maxine Russell: I'd even marry Charlie McCarthy if he'd only ask me!
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Very good and effective drama from Warner Brothers
21 September 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

The dead victims of a London bombing and two suicides are on a ship headed - well, they're not sure - in "Between Two Worlds," a 1944 film starring John Garfield, Sydney Greenstret, Paul Henried, Eleanor Parker, Edmund Gwenn, Faye Emerson and George Coulouris. The suicides, a married couple played by Henried and Parker, are the only ones at first who realize they're dead, but the others find out soon enough. Then they learn that "The Examiner" will be coming on board to evaluate them and decide their final destination.

The film employs a stark set for the ship, and it works beautifully as the tense passengers wait to learn their individual fates.

The acting is marvelous all around. Eleanor Parker reminded me very much of Gene Tierney - at first, I didn't recognize her until I heard her voice. She and Henried are excellent as the only two people who have chosen their destinies. Parker's role especially is written almost melodramatically so at times, she seems over the top, but the story seems to call for it. Greenstreet, with his powerful presence, makes a good examiner. Faye Emerson is lovely as an actress who made a lot of wrong choices, and John Garfield is strong as a belligerent no-good whose life didn't add up to much.

During World War II, it's not surprising that people were giving a lot of thought to the afterlife. After World War II, there were all kinds of films about people come back to earth and angels walking among us. The view of "Between Two Worlds" is that each of us makes our own heaven and hell on earth, that in the end, we sow what we reap, and that love is stronger than any other force. I loved it.


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